Derick joined Virginia Tech as Director of The Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. The center will support entrepreneurship and innovation programs across the university that educate traditional students and faculty, corporate innovators, and others involved in entrepreneurial ventures.
Before joining Virginia Tech, Derick established an impressive background in business development, operations, marketing and new venture management. Derick previously served as Executive Director of the Roanoke – Blacksburg Technology Council (RBTC). He spent most of his time collaborating with leaders of technology companies and start-ups to exchange ideas and to discuss the Tech Council’s role in helping them achieve their business goals. He accomplished his mission as executive director in creating a climate conducive to innovation, entrepreneurship, and sustained growth for the region’s technology-based businesses by strengthening local networks, locating sources of capital, and harnessing the talent and innovation brewing in the region’s educational institutions.
Derick is a habitual entrepreneur, having founded and then exited several successful businesses including Legacy Home Healthcare and Prescott Indoor Soccer. Following a stint at Utah’s vSpring Capital, he joined start-up Mangia Technologies as Director of Business Development, where he created and managed technology partnerships with NBA, NHL, MLS, NFL and NCAA sports franchises across the United States.
Derick was born and raised in Prescott, a small town in northern Arizona. Derick earned his bachelor’s degree, studying political science and business management. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Industrial Systems Engineering with an emphasis in Management Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech.